Plumer House cook-off

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Whipping up a storm to promote healthy eating

As part of our commitment to promoting healthy eating for the wellbeing of our residents and staff, we hold regular cooking skills training at Plumer House. We decided to test the skills of our former chair, Elaine Pellow, and former chief executive, Clive Turner, to a cook-off in 2015 – following the previous year’s event which was won by Elaine.

Plenty of healthy, locally-sourced food was on the menu, with help from Richard Hunt and Bruce Cole. Both chefs kicked off with a live cooking demonstration in front of a busy Conference Suite, packed with residents and staff, with a dish using Exmoor venison. Richard was in Clive’s corner, while Bruce was assisting Elaine. Each contestant was given a mystery bag of local ingredients from Tamar Grow Local. After 20 frantic minutes, the final dishes were presented to the audience.

Clive’s team produced three courses, including a prawn starter, pork loin medallions with roasted apple sauce and a passionfruit fool. Elaine, meanwhile, served up five dishes: roasted aubergines with halloumi, pan-fired lamb steaks with sweet potato wedges, roasted sweet potato soup, smoked mackerel and kale with a poached egg and light dressing, and finally a layered pomegranate fool. But there could be only one winner – and that was Clive.

After the dust had settled, Richard Hunt rounded off the evening with another live cooking demonstration – this time producing a chocolate fondant with vanilla and orange mascarpone. The fun didn’t stop there, with three exciting food-related competitions for residents for which the winners received a rosette. The winner of the football-themed cake competition was Janet Shreyer, with her World Cup golden boot creation.

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